Bass Pro Tournament of Champions Bracket Unveiled

The matchups are set for the 2017 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield. 

The annual event, which tips off on Thursday, January 12th at JQH Arena, features some of the top high school boys basketball teams and players in the nation. 

Here's the schedule of first round games for January 12th:

5:00 p.m. Findlay Prep High School (Henderson, NV) vs. Madison Preparatory Academy (Baton Rouge, LA) 

6:30 p.m. Republic High School vs. Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, CA) 

8:00 p.m. Springfield Kickapoo High School vs. Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) 

9:30 p.m. Memphis East High School (Memphis, TN) vs. Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, GA)

In the 32 years of the tournament, it's produced more than 390 Division I college basketball players and 50 NBA players. 

There are 19 players in this year's tournament ranked in the top 150 in the nation (Rivals), and five of the eight teams in this year's field are ranked in the top ten nationally. 

Key players to watch include Montverde Academy's R.J. Barrett, the number one ranked sophomore in the country, Sierra Canyon's Marvin Bagley III, the top ranked junior, who's been recruited by Duke and Kansas, and Chandler Lawson, who plays for Memphis East and is ranked #18. 

Second round games will take place on Friday, January 13th beginning with the consolation bracket at 4:30 p.m. and winner's bracket semifinals at 8:00 p.m. 

The final round gets underway at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th with the Great Southern Bank slam dunk contest starting at 6:00 p.m. prior to the third place and championship games. 

Admission for a three day reserved ticket is $45.00, $15.00 for a single day reserved ticket, $12.00 for a single day adult general admission ticket, and $10.00 for a single day student general admission ticket. 

Tickets are on sale at the JQH Chevy Pickup Window or by calling 417-836-7678. 

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